* Q2 sales fall 4.1 pct to 3.47 bln euros
* Public works drop on local elections, May holidays
* CFO says FY sales target of 14.4 bln euros maintained
(Adds CFO reaffirming full-year sales guidance of 14.4 bln
PARIS, July 28 French construction and
concessions company Eiffage reported a 4.1 percent
fall in second-quarter sales on Monday, partly due to a drop in
public works, such as road building.
For the year as a whole, Eiffage said it expected slight
growth in sales and Chief Financial Officer Christian Cassayre
told Reuters the company was maintaining its 2014 revenue target
of 14.4 billion euros.
Eiffage's second quarter revenue fell 4.1 percent to 3.47
billion euros ($4.66 billion), pressured also by a 9.5 percent
drop in sales at its energy division.
Revenue from public works such as road-building fell 6.5
percent over the period, affected by municipal elections in
March and numerous holidays in May, Eiffage said.
The group's total order book rose 4.8 percent from the start
of the year to 12.3 billion euros, while traffic on its APRR
motorway network rose 2 percent in the first half.
Eiffage, which built the Millau Viaduct in France and the
Sydney Opera House, generates roughly 85 percent of its revenue
from contracting operations - which include construction and
public works - and the rest from concessions, mainly motorways
but also prisons and hospitals.
The group, France's third-largest builder behind Vinci
and Bouygues, is due to publish detailed
results on Aug 27.
(1 $ = 0.7440 euro)
(Reporting by Natalie Huet and Gilles Guillaume, editing by
Astrid Wendlandt and Jane Merriman)